Recently, our Board of Commissioners took a step towards moving economic development forward in Clayton county by hiring a deputy director who plans on undertaking many of the marketing issues residents often discuss.
Kevin Gullette brings 16 years of related experience to Clayton. He most recently served as Executive Director for the Stanly County Economic Development Commission in North Carolina, where he was responsible for the development of marketing, product development, and business retention and expansion strategies. Gullette was also the primary recruiter for new industrial and commercial development, where he successfully expanded three local industries which created over 120 new jobs and over $15 million in new investment.
“Clayton County offers so much potential for success,” says Gullette. “Home to the world’s busiest airport and the strategic logistics center for the southeast, Clayton County is the ideal place for companies looking for access into the global marketplace. I am excited and honored to be part of such a strong team of committed elected officials, development professionals and colleagues.”
Gullette’s initial plan of attack includes developing the county’s comprehensive incentive program, establishing a formal business retention and expansion program, lead efforts for a county branding exercise which includes new strategic marketing efforts, and calling on as many local companies as possible to get more involved with Clayton and its community.
“The [BOC] is strategically moving forward on expanding the county’s economic development,” adds Public Relations Officer Jamie Carlington. “Mr. Gullette’s experience and connections will assist in ensuring Clayton continues to grow.”
From an economic development standpoint, what would you like to see happen in Clayton County?
- By Kimberly Allen, The Clayton Talk blog
Sheriff Kem Kimbrough will be hosting a meet and greet, and would like to hear from Clayton County residents personally. The Sheriff is welcoming county residents to come to specific Community Substations every Saturday in the months of February and March, 2011 during the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The first will take place this Saturday, February 5 at Harper Elementary/Sequoyah Middle (95 Valley Hill Rd., Riverdale 30274).